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21 January 2016

Message from the Principal

What is the point of Sports Day?
As a previous “Egg and Spoon Race” Champion (Humberstone School ’76 and ’77 respectively) my own recollections of sports days are of rather fun, rather less than serious affairs.
We have moved away from things such as Egg and Spoon and The Sack Race over the years and I have no doubt that any suggestion of resurrecting The Three Legged Race would have Nord Anglia’s Health and Safety teams parachuting into my office!
Sports and fitness in today’s world is sometimes taken a little too seriously.
There is, and always should be, an element of fun to sports. We don’t always win (Egg and Spoon was the ONLY thing I ever won…) and nor should we expect to do so. For some children they will want to win and when they don’t, they will be upset.
This is a microcosm of life.
Then again we are not about teaching the hard lessons of life to year 1! They are allowed plenty of time to be children and to have some fun. They will learn those lessons later on; children should be allowed a time of innocence and carefree fun.
So sports days are an odd anachronism. They are about non-serious competition in fun events which, much as life, becomes more “real” as the children grow older. They are also a chance to celebrate taking part.
Really though all of the above is secondary to the spectacle of mums and dads hammering down the race track in the parents race for the amusement of all the gathered children. That’s what Sports Days are really about. Three Legged Parents Races (with a waiver!) here we come!

Mike Embley

Sports Days Round Up

Year 1 & Year 2 

On Monday January 18th and Tuesday January 19th our Year 1 and 2 students competed in their Sports Day. Leopards, Falcons, Vipers and Scorpions ran, jumped and threw the javelin and quoit the very best they could.
Our students displayed individual courage, team spirit and perseverance as they worked their way through each event and finished with a 60 metre sprint final for the ten fastest girls and boys and a house relay. Each student received a well-earned and deserved certificate for their exuberant participation.
Thank you to the parents for your support, the turnout was fantastic as well as the parent race. A big thank you to the staff for assisting to make this a spectacular morning.
Jessica Thornton - PE Teacher

Year 3 & Year 4

On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th January the Year 3 and 4 students competed in their Sports Day. 
All the students in Leopards, Falcons, Vipers and Scorpions competed in running, jumping and throwing events, working as hard as they possibly could to gain points for their house team. There were some excellent displays of technique, distance and speed across all of the events, highlighting some very talented athletes in both year groups.
Our students displayed individual courage, team spirit and perseverance as they worked their way through each of the events. They finished with a 200/300 distance and 80 metre sprint final for the five fastest girls and boys and then an overall house participation relay.
Claire Chaters - PE Teacher

Year 5 and Year 6
This week saw the annual sports day of the academic year take place on Monday 11th January (Year 6) and Tuesday 12th January (Year 5).
The sports field was decked out superbly with various track and field events as pupils competed in their school houses. The morning began with a very energetic warm up from the PE team before the games began!
In the much awaited track and field events, pupils strived to outdo one another as the spectators looked on and cheered their children to victory. There were some excellent displays of technique, distance and speed across all of the events that included the 80m sprint, long jump, shot put, 50m hurdles and 400m run with pupils showing team spirit and perseverance as they worked their way through each of the events.
The highlight of the day were the individual sprint finals with pupils being recognized as the top 5 fastest boys and girls in each year group. This was then followed by a participation relay where all pupils got the opportunity to take part in a 4 x 50 meter relay. Then it was the parents' turn with a record number of parents wanting to take part and show their children just how it’s done.
As the sun shone down and brought the sports days to an end we were able to bring pupils in together to give the all-important results with each student being recognized for their efforts and each receiving a well-earned certificate for their high-spirited participation.
Year 5 Sportsday Results                                

Scorpions        106pts                1st Place            
Falcons             93pts                2nd Place           
Vipers               88pts                3rd Place           
Leopards           77pts                4th Place            

Year 6 Sportsday Results

Leopards          110pts              1st Place
Scorpions          102pts              2nd Place
Falcons              67pts               3rd Place 
Vipers                82pts               4th Place

On behalf of the PE department we would just like to say a massive well done to all the pupils who took part. It was a special day and hopefully one they will remember for a long time. Thank you to all the parents for your constant support, the turnout was fantastic and a final thank you to the staff for assisting to make it such a spectacular event!
Thank you and see you again next year
Danny Thomas - PE Teacher

Secondary School

Over the last 2 weeks each year group from Years 7 to 10 competed in their Sports Day. Leopards, Falcons, Vipers and Scorpions took part in various running, jumping and throwing events with every student participating in all activities.

Our students displayed individual excellence, team spirit and determination as they worked their way through each event and finished with an 80 metre sprint final for the five fastest girls and boys. For the Year 7s Aaron Molner and Leah Hartman proved to be the students who came out on top, both recording fantastic times. In the Year 8 race Ryan Abu-Wardeh and Elizabeth Illingworth beat all their fellow students to take the top spots in the highly contested races.

Then the student participated in a house relay which provided a fun team-spirited way to finish the day. Regardless of place, each student received a certificate to acknowledge their hard work. Many congratulations to the Y7 Vipers and Y8 Scorpions on winning this year’s Sports Day!

Thank you to the parents for your support, the turnout was fantastic as well as joining in on the parent race. A big thank you to the staff for assisting to make this a spectacular morning.
Adam Smith - PE Teacher

Message from the Primary & Secondary Deputy Heads

It has been great to see so many children involved during the first week of our exciting CCA programme. It is amazing to walk around and see the diversity of options on offer for all ages from rugby to dance to minecraft to art, there really is something for everyone. It also amazes me to see how Mrs Williams co-ordinates it all, along with a never ending smile.
Year 5 had a fantastic three nights away in Dibba where they enjoyed this cooler weather by being outside and participating in a range of activities that challenged them to step outside of their comfort zones. School trips are such a fabulous opportunity for children to develop skills that help them both back in school and in life in general. The chance to collaborate, reflect, be independent and just have fun while often becoming more appreciative of what they have at home is priceless. Here at NAS Dubai the different opportunities for learning outside the classroom are diverse and are an important part of the curriculum. The trips are thought through carefully and built upon each year; from our younger students beginning with a sleep over in school, through to our secondary students exploring Tanzania and Sri Lanka.
Our Aladdin crew has been working hard on the upcoming production with great collaboration being shown between our secondary and primary students. As the opening night is now just around the corner, the rehearsals will increase, so if your child is involved please read the information sent home by the music department carefully and ensure your son or daughter attends all of the sessions.
We look forward to welcoming back Mrs Lamb, Mr Cullinan and Mr Embley next week from their recruitment trip to England. No doubt they all enjoyed the snow and also found some more excellent teachers to add to our already dedicated and talented staff.  
I hope you all have a great weekend and make the most of this amazing weather by being outside with your children.

Nigel Barrett & Tayyba Qureshi

    NAS News Bites   

The Aladdin Performance is almost here!!
Clear your diaries for the 9th and 10th of February when the musical production of Aladdin hits our auditorium stage at 6pm on both evenings (doors open at 5:30pm). 

The children have been busy rehearsing, the band is practising endlessly and props of all shapes and sizes are being created.  

As part of the decoration the Aladdin Directors are looking to borrow Arabic style lanterns.  If you are able to lend any please contact:

Learning a language? 
Our ambitious students are learning second and third languages and so are lots of our parents in the after school classes offered by our wonderful teachers.  If you would like to support this learning with Language Flashcards in Arabic, French, German, Mandarin and Spanish please purchase your set in the NAS Dubai Shop.   


    Upcoming Events    

Monday Jan 25

  • EYFS Parent Workshop on Outdoor Learning 8am-8:30am
  • Year 8 Sri Lanka Trip Information Morning 8am-8:30am
  • 2C Class Assembly 10:30am-11am
  • Aladdin Rehearsal 3pm-5pm
Tuesday Jan 26
  • Australia Day @ Chatter Box Cafe 7:45am-11am
  • Aladdin Rehearsal 3pm-4pm
Wednesday Jan 27
  • PA Secondhand Book Sale @ Chatter Box Cafe 7:45am - 4:30pm
  • 4C Class Assembly 2pm-2:30pm
Thursday Jan 28
  • Rachel Hamilton visiting Year 5. Book signing @ Chatter Box Cafe 11am-11:30am

   Parent Community  

Chatter Box Cafe

Please join us on January 26th at Chatter Box Cafe to celebrate Australia Day.

The following day, January 27th, the PA is hosting a Secondhand Book Sale and our fabulously talented CB baker Reema Ariss will cater the event with a selection of delicious goodies from her new company Paloma's Kitchen. Chatter Box will be open all day on the 27th, so please stop by.

Parents' Association

Secondhand Book Sale - 27th January  

Next Wednesday the Chatter Box Café Atrium will be filled with a huge selection of interesting books in lots of categories and for all ages.   The sale will run from 7:45am to 4:30pm with paperback books selling for 5aed and hardcover books for 10aed.  Chatter Box Café will be open all day and catering for the day is courtesy of Paloma’s Kitchen.  Do join us to support the PA and enjoy your coffee while browsing for books.

   Sports News  

24 Jan

  • Primary Development Swim Gala @ NAS Dubai 2:30pm-4pm
  • Netball Fixture vs. Foremarke (A) 3pm-4:30pm

25 Jan 
  • U11 Tennis Fixture vs. GEMS Metropole (A) 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • U8 Touch Rugby vs. Victory Heights @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4pm
  • Fab 5 Athletics @ Rashid School for Boys 3:45pm-5:15pm

26 Jan
  • U10A Contact Rugby vs. GEMS Royal Dubai School (A) 2pm-5pm
  • Year 5 & Year 6 Cross Country @ Rashid School for Boys 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Year 5 & Year 6 Netball vs. Horizon School @ NAS Dubai 3pm-5pm
  • U14 & U16 Netball vs. Horizon School @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4:30pm

27 Jan
  • U9, U10 & U11 Touch Rugby Series 1 @ Kings Al Barsha (A) 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • U11A Contact Rugby vs. JESS Ranches (A) 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Netball Fixture vs. Kings Al Barsha @ NAS Dubai 3pm-5pm

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